The following 2018 LADCC special award recipients will be honored at the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle 50th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Pasadena Playhouse:
The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre will be awarded to Sacred Fools Theater Company.
The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be awarded to Echo Theater Company.
The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play goes to Lauren Yee for Cambodian Rock Band, originally produced by South Coast Repertory.
The Kinetic Lighting Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design goes to sound designer Robert Oriol.
The Joel Hirschhorn Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre goes to McCoy Rigby Entertainment.
The Milton Katselas Award for distinguished achievement in direction goes to Cameron Watson.
The Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community will be presented to Native Voices at the Autry.
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Thee Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle also announces its inaugural Theater Angel Award, which will be presented to Yvonne Bell.
The LADCC was established in 1969 “to foster and reward merit in the American theater and encourage theater in Los Angeles,” according to an announcement in the Los Angeles Times on June 7 of that year. To commemorate its golden anniversary, the LADCC is planning a festive 50th Anniversary Awards Show.
In addition to presenting awards for the year 2018, the LADCC will take the opportunity to look back over the theatrical landscape of Los Angeles over the past half-century: highlights, low lights and degrees of luminosity in between.
Artists, producers and critics are essential to a flourishing theatrical ecosystem; but without sufficient funds, none of them can find a foothold. Sorting through memorabilia and re-encountering past productions has revealed to the Circle just how much the LA theater community owes to those who work behind the scenes to bring its visions to life. The LADCC’s Theater Angel award is designed to acknowledge and celebrate the generosity and advocacy of these often unsung benefactors.
In a long career devoted to fostering theater in Los Angeles, Yvonne Bell has led successful fundraising campaigns and helped open several cultural institutions, including The Museum of Contemporary Art and the California Science Center.
For the past 20 years, she has served as the Director of Development for Center Theatre Group and was promoted to Director of Institutional Advancement in 2017. Under her leadership, Center Theatre Group has almost tripled its annual fund from $4.4 million in 2000 to $12.5 million, opened the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2004 and successfully navigated the transition to a new artistic director.
Some of the theaters she has advised, directed contributions to or otherwise supported include Couerage Theatre Company, Echo Theater Company, the Fountain Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Critical Mass Performance Group, Celebration Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, The Robey Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre Company and Antaeus Theatre Company.
It is the LADCC’s great honor to name Yvonne Bell its first Theater Angel. The award will be presented at the ceremony. A VIP pre-show reception will be held before the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in The Library, Pasadena Playhouse’s Member Lounge. VIP tickets, which include wine, champagne and appetizers at the reception, and VIP seating for the subsequent ceremony, cost $125 per person and can be purchased HERE.